While technology such as your IT infrastructure has many potential benefits for your business, it requires meticulous management to ensure it doesn’t create risks and problems. One essential task you can’t go without is managing your network’s vulnerabilities. As part of this process, vulnerability scanning must be an important topic in your organization. Let’s guide you through its basic elements.
You may be aware of the importance of cyber security and other safety measures businesses need. Unfortunately, if you believe firewalls and VPNs are enough to safeguard your network, you need to revise your business practices.
The new term you need to look into for your business is Zero Trust. Get yourself up to date in order to prevent unnecessary breaches in future.
You may think that digital software and platforms are perfect because we don’t see anything wrong with it at a glance. However, in the backend of software and websites, there are weaknesses that could pose a huge risk to your business.
These digital weaknesses are called vulnerabilities. Much like how your physical business needs risk management in place your digital software requires vulnerability management too. In today’s article, we’re going to discuss what vulnerability management is and why it’s crucial that you have it.
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Computers, SmartPhones, tablets and laptops operate on well developed software built by professionals. There are regular updates on software to fix bugs or errors so systems can run effectively. But sometimes software is poorly developed which results in what IT professionals call technical debt.
In the long run, this debt cost your company lots of time, money and slows down the growth of your company.This information may save your tech team a lot of time and frustration.
Continuing our goal of providing a high-level overview of the things you should be doing to be more Cybersecure, this is part 3 of 5. You now have started to take some decisions on how to protect your key assets, but in some ways, you are still blind. This is where the third function of NIST, “Detect” comes into play. You can find part 1 “Identify” here, and part 2 “Protect” here.
Continuing our goal of providing a high-level overview of the things you should be doing to be more Cybersecure, this is part 2 of 5. Now that you have identified your assets and their “value”, we will focus on “Protect”, for a recap of the Five Functions of NIST you can read here and you will find part 1, Identify, here.
What we aim to protect:
In the spirit of the Cyber Security Awareness Month, we wanted to do a five part article on the Five Functions of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). The goal is to provide a high-level overview of the things you should be doing to be more Cybersecure. We like the NIST framework because it is simple, logical and expandable. Everything you build as per the below would be rolled into your Cybersecurity program and enforced via policies.
As you have probably seen in all the headlines, there is a cyber war going on and the cannabis industry is probably the next victim. Cyber criminals are constantly re-adjusting their target. At first, they aimed at large enterprises, because that’s where the money was. Once the enterprises improved their tools and processes (aka it’s started getting harder), the cyber criminals attacked Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) because they were easier and had not adapted yet. Now there is a new target in their crosshair, the cannabis industry, because they are not [well] prepared.
For those that are not aware, Cybersecurity now applies to all, and yes that means you too. There used to be a time where only larger enterprises were targeted and that SMBs could survive by doing the minimum (Anti-Virus and patching once in a while), but now data is the new oil and there is a rush to get more of it.
I had the pleasure to spend the last week in San Francisco with IBM’s best and brightest at the IBM Think 2019, and pardon the pun, it got me thinking (a lot).
I will post a couple more entries on specific topics later, but high level: